Issues around farmers’ rights to data, both in terms of access to data and ownership of data, are crucial to one of the key areas of activity of GFAR: the opening of access to information systems for sharing, transforming and using agricultural knowledge, especially in light of GFAR’s overall approach to putting the smallholder farmer at the centre of innovation and seeking change in their lives.
GODAN partner GFAR has designed and convened a TRAINING COURSE AND SYMPOSIUM ON FARMERS' RIGHTS TO DATA to be held in Johannesburg on 20-24 November 2017.
The event is co-funded by GODAN and CTA
and is organized by ITOCA.
- Read more about the training course here. Registration for the training is now closed.
- Read more about the international symposium here. Register for the symposium here (registration is required).
Our trainers are:
- Dan Berne from Logom Ag Initiative (United States)
Dan Berne is an independent consultant working at the nexus of water, food and energy. He leads the strategic planning work in the industrial agricultural irrigation market for the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA), a non-profit organization focused on energy efficiency. Working with the non-profit group AgGateway, Dan leads the effort to develop a set of data standards and formats to convert data for use in precision irrigation and other water management programs. He is an expert in standards development, business processes, market development and customer experience strategies.
- Stephen Kalyesubula from iLabs@Mak Project of Makerere University (Uganda)
Stephen is a graduate researcher at iLabs@Mak project-Makerere University-Kampala-Uganda and his research deals in developing of automated embedded systems in agriculture and health to promote sustainable development in Uganda. His key technological interests include; Data science, Artificial intelligence, Robotics and Internet of things. He is also a director for Youths in Technology and Development Uganda whose main mission is creating tech communities of practice where appropriate use of technology promotes sustainable development in Education, Agriculture and Health. His key responsibilities include; Promoting Agri-technology, Open data Team leader, Software Developer and a Poultry Farmer.
- Nicolene Fourie from the Earth Observation Science & Information Technology of CSIR (South Africa)
Nicolene is currently employed as a Principal Scientist: Geo-Informatics with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in the Meraka Institute.
Her research portfolio include the deepening of the CSIR capability in Information science for spatial information governance and management models in support of Advanced Spatial Data Infrastructure, geospatial data processing and geospatial data custodianship. She is responsible for the formulation, development and implementation of the R&D strategies for information science for advanced spatial infrastructure. In addition she is dedicating significant time to investigate the economic expression of spatial information governance and management activities along the development value chain.
- Anneliza Collett from the Land Use and Soil Management Directorate of the DAFF (South Africa)
Ms. Collett is a Production Scientist within the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in the Directorate: Land Use and Soil Management. She is responsible for the development and management of spatial information pertaining to the potential, suitability, use and state of the natural agricultural resource. Part of her responsibilities includes technical scientific advice and support to land use managers and the contribution towards spatial planning tools and relevant legislation. She is also involved in the compilation of norms and standards for the protection and management of agricultural land and the review of agricultural potential studies.
Ms. Collett has a MSc degree where her thesis focussed on the demarcation and protection of agricultural land within the South African context, with special focus on the Gauteng province.